Thursday, October 6, 2016

PASS

Paramotor engine test...PASS!  Drained out about a half gallon of the 2 1/2 year old fuel that was in the tank and mixed up a new batch of 100LL avgas & Castrol 2T Synthetic 2-stroke engine oil at 50:1.  Had the oil on hand and I had picked up 4 gallons of aviation fuel at the airport in Alpine during my last supply run @ $4.07/gallon.  Brought it back to life on the fourth pull.  Purred like a really angry kitten and ran smooth throughout the power-band.  Ordered the replacements for the rubber bits that had cracked from the importer of my unit.  As long as I am at it...I also ordered a tachometer/hour meter and a head temperature meter to mount on my machine.  86,91,68,0,B

12 comments:

rj said...

You only live once...

Margery Bills said...

Everyone has different interests.

John Wells said...

FYI - you can't see the propeller because it is spinning at about 2,000 rpm which means the tips of the propellers are travelling at about 150 mph.

mike said...

sell it

Ronald Mahan said...

I suspect one day - not too long in the future - all you naysayers will be proven wrong - and there will be a paraglider pilot named John Wells living at the Field Lab. And enjoying the fact he has mastered another of life's challenges.

mike said...

It's a young man's game Ron

Sandy Kay said...

Mike, I'll disagree that it's a young mans game. Doesn't mean it's for everyone, and it helps if you're in good physical condition, but there are plenty of PPG pilots who are much older than John. In fact, I know the instructor that he's been taking to in Houston, Andy McGavin, and he's in his 60's, and is at least 7 or 8 years older than John. He's also one of the best PPG pilots in the country.
https://www.powered-paragliding.com/information/experienced-instructor

Margery Bills said...

I wonder about the impact on your legs. What does your doctor think about this?

rj said...

The Doctor will say a crash on this will be worse than the four wheeler. With that said it's still each to his own.

Ronald Mahan said...

Maybe Mike forgot about the elder Bush parachuting (repeatedly) many years - after he served as our President? And the younger Bush still goes mountain biking with veterans - years after his term as President. Three cheers for those who remain active all their lives. I think John minimizes the chances of injury by placing importance on proper training for paragliding - rigorous attention to the proper maintenance of his flying equipment - and doing exercise to strengthen any damage from his four wheeler wreck.

John Wells said...

Statistically, the chance of a fatal accident with a paramotor is slightly less than an ATV, about the same as a motocycle, and slightly more than an automobile.

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